Letters Home: Oppie Ross, December 1917

We’re remembering the World War I service of Skidmore, Missouri soldiers and sailors this week.  Here’s another letter from Oppie Ross in the January 5, 1918 Skidmore News, page 6:

From Oppie Ross.

Chickamaugua Park, Ga., Dec. 23, ’17.

Skidmore News:

I sure enjoy reading the News.  Ike Helms was sent away from here last Wednesday.  I am transferred to the 16th machine gun battalion.  We are still attached to our company for eats and sleeping quarters.  We expect to leave here sometime in January, but I will write you again and let you know where we are at.  Carl Helms gets the Maryville Tribune and I notice where they are all having a grand time up there.  Well we are having very nice weather here now.  We had about 5 inches of snow last week.

I was over to see Rex Johnson and Delavan Robbins yesterday, but found Rex in the hospital with the mumps and Delavan had transferred to the 11th Inf. M. G.  You ought to see Delavan leading mules around with machine guns on their backs, but they will get motor cycles with machine guns mounted on them before long.

Our battalion will be mounted on motor cycles.  Rex is transferred to the 3rd division ammunition train. There were about 2,000 soldiers left here Saturday for some place or some other seaport.

We are preparing for a great Xmas dinner.

I was in the hospital, they said I had the fever.  Just came out last Wednesday.

Well I notice where some more of the boys were drafted.

We don’t know when we will get to come back to dear old Nodaway county.  We put in for a pass to come back Christmas but the colonel said we would have to hold ourselves in readiness to be called at anytime.

Well the B. Y. P. U. ladies are coming out this afternoon to give us a concert and they are here now, so I will conclude.

Your friend, Oppie H. Ross.

Co. H. 54th U. S. Inf. Chattanooga, Tenn.

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